Over the last year I have been making colourful, large scale oil paintings that portray behaviors and events, commonly associated with professional athletes, cheerleaders and spectators. I am interested in translating public moments of excitement that are shared at sporting events. Through this I examine the extreme mannerisms and tendencies exhibited at competitive arenas. From these observations, I consider the entertainment value of a game, race or match and compare the social norms that influence their actions, shaping how they communicate with their surroundings. The uniform colours, deafening sounds and energy are all things I intend to capture in my work to recreate the feeling of a live performance. The figures in my paintings are usually depicted without recognizable faces as they are not intended to be specific people, but rather, a stand in for a particular gendered idea. I use a vigorous and lush painting approach in order to capture these spectacles with a lifelike vitality, emphasizing and mimicking the quick theatrical movements of athletes.
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